Veteran bantamweight Antonio
Banuelos will make his Legacy Fighting Championship debut as a
flyweight when he steps in for the injured Rafael de
Freitas against Joshua
Legacy FC 14.
Sherdog.com confirmed the booking with Legacy matchmaker Mick
Maynard on Tuesday afternoon. Legacy FC 14 takes place Sept. 14 at
Houston’s Arena Theater and is headlined by a welterweight title
showdown between Jorge Patino
Rexroad. The evening’s main card airs live on AXS TV.
Banuelos has not competed since suffering a technical knockout
defeat to Bibiano
Fernandes on New Year’s Eve in the finals of Dream’s
bantamweight tournament. Banuelos had previously taken split
decisions from Japanese staples Hideo Tokoro
Imanari to earn his shot at Dream’s inaugural 135-pound title.
An 11-year pro, the Californian competed 14 times for World Extreme
Cagefighting before losing in his only Octagon appearance to former
WEC champion Miguel
Torres at UFC 126 last year.
Like Banuelos, Sampo enters the Legacy cage for the first time as
an injury replacement, relieving ex-Tachi Palace Fights talent
Ortiz. “The Gremlin” has won four of his last five fights,
kicking off 2012 with an April victory before falling by knockout
to onetime UFC talent Will
Campuzano on May 19. The Missourian last competed on July 27,
Gainey with a kimura in just 83 seconds.